New Online Food Innovation Certificate Program!

We are excited to announce the launch of Drexel’s Online Food Innovation Certificate Program! This post-baccalaureate program is open to the community (not just current Drexel students!) in a partnership between the Department of Food and Hospitality Management/Drexel Food Lab and the Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel. Classes are offered online and students can incubate their ideas and food businesses in the Drexel Food Lab and Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Did you know that the U.S. food, beverage and consumer products industry is the single largest U.S. manufacturing sector, comprising of over two million jobs across the United States? Drexel’s online Certificate in Food Innovation will teach you how to conceptualize, design and eventually launch a new food product or concept. Taught by industry experts within both Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Close School of Entrepreneurship, this food innovation certificate can be taken on its own or as a complement to studies in business, entrepreneurship, nutrition, hospitality, or related fields. Both consumer packaged goods and foodservice offerings are considered in our curriculum.

The curriculum underscores the importance of food product, systems innovation and entrepreneurship in ensuring a sustainable, healthy, accessible, and inclusive food supply for current and future generations. These values are a critical pillar of Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions’ focus on health equity.

During this program, you will learn how to:

  1. Describe the steps required to bring a new food product to market
  2. Create and validate a business model canvas to present a value proposition for a new food product or concept
  3. Outline strategies to achieve competitive advantage in the food marketplace

Applications for the fall quarter are being accepted until Monday, August 28, 2023 (no application fee or GRE required to apply!). For more information or to submit an application, please click here.

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